admits to early career mistakes
you ever made a mistake at work? How about a lot of mistakes? It is not
uncommon for even highly successful people to look back at their careers
and remember the times when it looked like everything that could go wrong
was going wrong!
George Clooney was recently asked
about his success and he admitted that times they were not always so good.
In fact Clooney once lived in a friend's walk-in closet for a few months
first year in Hollywood!
Clooney said he did make his share of
"dumb" mistakes early on; he just wasn't newsworthy enough at the time for
many people to pay much attention to him!
Clooney said: "I've certainly made some
turkeys along the way and made some dumb choices in my career, mostly
early on. I'm one of the lucky ones who got to make a lot of mistakes very
early on when no one was paying attention. I did a lot of terrible TV
shows and was really terrible in them, but nobody really noticed."
When evaluating your own career it is important to put things in
perspective. There are not many overnight Facebook or Google successes out
there. Rather, most successful people make small improvements every day
and over time they end up with a successful career.
In fact there are plenty of people who have been up against very
oppressing odds, but because they kept working at improving their
situation they ended up achieving great things. Take a look at the
of Andrew Jackson the 7th United States President. During the
Revolutionary War he was a 15 year old prisoner of war. By the time he was
released from the British his entire family had died and he was a homeless
teenager. However, he didn't just give up; Jackson sought out work and
found a tradesman that was willing to teach him a new skill. Of course,
one new job after another eventually led him to the White House.
You are going to have your own set of challenges at work and home. Ask
yourself what "seeds" you can plant today that will help you succeed in
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